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A Shark Movie for Idiots. While the film Sharknado is about as ridiculous as they come, we learned recently of a movie released last summer that must be the alltime worst shark movie, if not the all- time worst movie of any genre. In Avalanche Sharks, these puppies swim under the snow, with their dorsal fins aimed directly at skiers and snow bunnies in the hot tub. See the trailer at (Thanks to Ken Kurtis, owner of Reef Seekers in Beverly Hills, for the tip.)

Careless Divers Putting Coral at Risk. It's no secret that careless divers, especially those with cameras, can harm coral. A new study out of Hong Kong shows just how serious that harm can be. Chung Shan-shan, a professor of biology at Baptist University, found that more than 70 percent of divers came into contact with coral, potentially causing irreversible damage. Her study surveyed and observed 80 divers at dive sites near Hong Kong, and found that each touched coral 14.7 times on average in each dive. The majority of those were inexperienced or carrying cameras; contact was unintentional and mostly caused by their hands and fins. Nearly 40 percent of divers said they made contact with coral because they lost control of their buoyancy; 8.6 percent said they were taking pictures; and 6.2 percent just found the coral convenient to hold on to. Cameracarrying divers made contact an average of 23.8 times per dive, compared with 11.6 times for others....

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